- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys must again deal with the business of the NFL after such an emotional weekend. One of the first orders of business should be to fine nose tackle Jay Ratliff.
Ratliff is a passionate player who the Cowboys need right now. But getting into a confrontation with Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones after the Eagles game two weeks ago is a sign of disrespect.
Coach Jason Garrett said no discipline is forthcoming.That's the wrong way to handle it.
We look back in history and offer you another instance where Jones fined a player for disrespect.
Back in the 1990 season, linebacker Jesse Solomon held out for new contract a franchise-record 90 days. When Solomon eventually agreed to a new two-year deal, Jones offered to shake his hands as a peace offering following a Cowboys practice.
Solomon refused to shake Jones' hand.
Several news accounts quoted the exchange between the two as this:
"You don't want to shake my hand?" Jones said to Solomon.
"No, I'm not going to shake your hand," Solomon said. "You know the problem."
"Well, are we signed?" Jones said.
"Yes, everything is signed," Solomon said.
"OK, fine, fine, I hope you carry this hostility over onto the field," Jones said.
Despite signing a new contract, Solomon wasn't happy and he was eventually traded the next season to New England. Jones, however, fined Solomon, $5,000 for conduct detrimental to the team. The fine would be reduced if he didn't get into any more trouble.
If Jones can fine a player for not shaking his hand, a sign of disrespect, then surely the same can be done to Ratliff, who needed to be separated by teammates from confronting Jones.